It’s the most wonderful time of the year … try saying that to someone going solo during the holidays.
‘Tis the season to indulge in Christmas cookies, drink a copious amount of egg nog and trying to make last year’s ugly sweater even more … oogly.
This can be a dark and depressing time for single people – attending Christmas parties alone, watching and wiping tears over Love Actually and no one to exchange gifts.
Consider this your go-to guide to making the holidays more bearable:
SAY YES TO ALL INVITES
Is there any other time during the year where there are events, parties and festivals happening every night of the week in a short time frame? Minus Calgary Stampede. Take advantage of the opportunities to meeting new people.
SPOIL AND TREAT YOURSELF
Spend a day at the spa, purchase that pair of Louboutins you’ve been eyeing or revel in that decadent chocolate mousse cake. Go ahead … you deserve it.
JOIN A DATING WEBSITE OR APP
The holidays shouldn’t preclude you from dating. In fact, this is the time of year for ultra romantic date ideas: ice skating, visiting Christmas markets, drinking hot chocolate, making snow angels, making babies.
The best way to instantly feel better is by making someone else happy. Homeless shelters, food banks, children’s hospital, Holiday Helpers are all worthy charitable organizations to support.
If all else fails, book a trip and spend the holidays abroad. It’s hard to be sad when you’re surrounded by a beach or just being removed from the daily grind. There are plenty of travel operators for single travellers.
Look at the bright side. You can’t be disappointed if your boyfriend gives you cookbooks from the Indigo clearance table for Christmas. Not that I’m speaking from experience…
Keep your options and heart open and you might just have someone to kiss when the clock strikes at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Being single during the festive season isn’t all doom and gloom for everyone. What is your advice to surviving the holiday solo?